United to release Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Manchester United

Manchester United will release Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his contract expires on June 30th, the Premier League side confirmed on Friday.

Despite a fine first campaign at Old Trafford, the former Sweden star does not appear on the list of players retained by the club for 2016/17.

It is perhaps not a massive surprise as Ibrahimovic is unlikely to play again until well into 2018 after suffering a serious knee injury in April.

Releasing him will also free United’s wage bill of a large salary – reported to be in the region of £19m – ahead of the coming transfer window.

The club did have an option to extend Ibrahimovic’s contract for a further year, but have decided not to go this route.

The 35-year-old scored an impressive 28 goals in 46 appearances for United, a season in which the Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League.

It is not known at this stage where the striker's next port of call might be although a move to either America's MLS or a switch to the top flight in China could be options.